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CHRIST­MAS IS­LAND gets is first eco-lodge, while cute ce­ramic cups SAVE THE PLANET one cof­fee at a time.

Australian Traveller - - Shortcuts Travel Buzz - CLEVER AUSSIES Q&A KY­LAH RUM­BLE the­ce­ram­icmill.com

SWELL LODGE

CHRIST­MAS IS­LAND IS A UNIQUE PROPO­SI­TION: A PART OF AUS­TRALIA THAT MOST AUS­TRALIANS COM­PLETELY FOR­GET IS OUT THERE (IT IS 1550 KILO­ME­TRES NORTH­WEST OF THE MAIN­LAND, CLOSER IN PROX­IM­ITY TO IN­DONE­SIA) AND WOULD NEVER THINKTHEY COULDVISIT.BUTWITHTHE OPEN­ING OF SWELL LODGE,THE FIRST LUX­URY ECO-AC­COM­MO­DA­TION ON THE IS­LAND, HEAD­ING TO THIS COM­PELLING, FAS­CI­NAT­ING SPOT IN THE MID­DLE OF THE IN­DIAN OCEAN IS MORE AP­PEAL­ING THAN EVER. SI­T­U­ATED ON A SEA CLIFF ALONG THE UN­IN­HAB­ITED, RUGGED WEST COAST OF THE IS­LAND, THE FLOOR-TO-CEIL­ING GLASS OF­FERS UN­IN­TER­RUPTED VIEWS AS PODS OF SPIN­NER DOL­PHINS PLAY INTHE SURFAND SEABIRDS SOAR HIGH OVER­HEAD.AC­TIV­I­TIES IN­CLUDE EV­ERY­THING FROM SNORKELLING TO CAVE SWIMS TO OUT­DOOR CIN­EMA, ALL TOPPED OFF WITH CUI­SINE BY FRENCH CHEF FELIX LE­GRAND AND LUX­URY AP­POINT­MENTS IN WHATWILL EVEN­TU­ALLY BE EIGHT ECO-CHALETS.THEALL-IN­CLU­SIVE PRICES STARTAT $690 PER PER­SON PER NIGHT WITH A POR­TION OF THE NIGHTLY RATE GO­ING TO­WARDS CON­SER­VA­TION PROJECTS IN THE NA­TIONAL PARK. SWELLLODGE.COM We chat to the co-cre­ator of The Ce­ramic Mill, whose re-us­able cof­fee cups are tack­ling a grow­ing prob­lem. Where did the in­spi­ra­tion for re­us­able ce­ramic cups come from? My part­ner and I both work in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try and had an in­sight into how many sin­gle-use cof­fee cups were used in a day. We were ap­palled as to how many are wasted and turned into land­fill; over one bil­lion dis­pos­able cof­fee cups are used ev­ery year in Aus­tralia alone. That is when The Ce­ramic Mill was con­ceived. We wanted to cre­ate a hand­made re­us­able ce­ramic cup that was not only prac­ti­cal and vis­ually ap­peal­ing, but some­thing that could make a pos­i­tive im­pact on the planet. How long have you been mak­ing ceram­ics?

We’ve only been do­ing pot­tery for roughly two years. We’re still fairly new at this, there is still so much to learn! What feed­back have you re­ceived?

We’ve re­ceived noth­ing but pos­i­tive feed­back in re­gards to our cups. Peo­ple en­joy the sim­plic­ity of our prod­uct and love the fact that they are all unique, no one is ever the same. Each one is thrown on the wheel in our stu­dio on the Gold Coast. What is the next step for you and your cups?

We’ve got some big plans com­ing up with Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month and Christ­mas. We’re hop­ing to move into some more home­wares ceram­ics, but for the mo­ment we’ll con­tinue to make our mark and save the planet one hand­made ce­ramic cup at a time!

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